Australian superstar Delta Goodrem's pleas for her court case against two record producers to be moved from Melbourne to Sydney have been rejected by a Victoria state judge.

The BORN TO TRY singer is fighting PAUL HIGGINS and TREVOR CARTER of EMPIRE RECORDS, who are seeking rights to release a secret album, recorded before Goodrem hit the big time, between 1999 and 2000.

At the Victoria state Supreme Court on Friday (20AUG04), Goodrem's lawyer RICHARD COBDEN argued the album in question was "not completed", which Higgins and Carter claim could be worth up to AUS$15 million (GBP6 million/$10.8 million).

The two producers claim they had an agreement with the former NEIGHBOURS actress and her parents LEA and DENIS for ten per cent of the earnings from her first two albums.

Cobden says the agreement between the Goodrems and Empire Records expired 15 months after recording ended.

Cobden told the court Goodrem was overseas until 8 October (04) and the legal action was "of concern" to the young star.

He appealed with the judge to dismiss the case, saying, "Ms Goodrem is 20, a tender age to be locked in litigation."

Superior Court judge David Byrne replied, "Well, she is involved in a very harsh entertainment world."

When Cobden asked for the trial to be moved to New South Wales, as Goodrem is based in Sydney, Justice Byrne refused, saying "They (entertainers) travel around the world. They can come to Melbourne."

23/08/2004 08:26